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Moralising Misfortune: A comparative anthropology of commercial insurance

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Organization address
address: RAPENBURG 70
city: LEIDEN
postcode: 2311 EZ

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙807˙334 €
 EC max contribution 1˙807˙334 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2021-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN NL (LEIDEN) coordinator 1˙807˙334.00


 Project objective

This is a study of the morality of commercial life insurance. What moral issues are raised when commercial companies define responsibilities for misfortune and the appropriateness of entitlements? What are the concerns about the financialization of life and intimacy? First, this study examines the morality of bureaucratic classifications produced by the insurance industry. Classifications reveal particular perspectives on the world and are at the heart of defining the risks covered by life insurance policies, as well as defining exclusionary clauses and who is allowed to take which policies; in addition, they are central to the exploration of consumer markets. What are the moral implications of classification and its associated bureaucratic procedures? Second, the study explores the questions life insurance raises about the value of life. Life insurance literally prices death. How much is a life worth? What lives can be compensated and who can receive compensation? Moral obligations and the allocation of blame may depend on whether financial support is given by commercial companies, kinship, or voluntary associations. This project examines the morality of the integration of life insurance into wider financial systems. The objective of the research is to gain insight into: 1. Public discourses on the role of commercial life insurance in everyday life; 2. The ways in which life insurance gives rise to particular notions of responsibility and compensation. 3. The ways in which the morality of commercial life insurance is intertwined with explaining misfortune, and with organizing care through kinship and voluntary associations. The study will be carried out in five countries: France and the Netherlands – two of the world’s wealthiest countries, with a long history of life insurance; India and Brazil – two of the world’s fastest expanding economies, with a growing insurance market; and the USA – where innovations create new moral concerns.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Mulder, Nikki
Postkoloniaal verzet 2.0
published pages: 9-11, ISSN: , DOI:
ICA-Instituut Culturele Antropologie 2 2019-05-22
2018 Bähre, Erik
O retorno da comparação etnográfica: a epistemologia em momentos de mudança política
published pages: 98-115, ISSN: 2317-6644, DOI: 10.17666/bib8605/2018
2018 Mulder, Nikki
\"Some reflections on #MeToo and fieldwork\"
published pages: 68-71, ISSN: , DOI:
LOVA: Tijdschrift voor feministische antropologie 12 2019-04-18
2018 Mulder, Nikki
Stories of Autonomy on Non-Sovereign Saba: Flipping the Script of Postcolonial Resistance
published pages: 11-28, ISSN: 0921-5158, DOI:
Etnofoor 1, 30 2019-04-18
2018 Bähre, Erik Gomes, Fabíola
Humiliating the Brazilian poor: The iconoclasm of former president Lula
published pages: 10-15, ISSN: 1467-8322, DOI:
Anthropology Today 5, 34 2019-04-18

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